If Richard Armitage fell in love …
[Given that we know nothing specific about the romantic history or current status of the affections of Richard Armitage, please understand this piece as a musing on my part. Picture source.]
If Richard Armitage fell in love with someone …
… let it be someone he can love without ambivalence, without reservation. Whom he can love as if he’s never been hurt. Who can love him back with the same open abandon.
… let it be someone of independent mind with personal goals. Who can operate autonomously. Someone with enough trust to accommodate separations, and enough determination to bridge them.
… let it be someone who appreciates his guffaws and that mischievous vibe that occasionally escapes from the corners of his eyes at serious moments.
… let it be someone who protects his secrets.
… let it be someone who respects his need for space. Who doesn’t mind his mess. Who likes power tools and relishes a little sawdust in the corners.
… let it be someone who will help him figure out his clothes when he needs to look stunning but doesn’t care about them otherwise.
… let it be someone who honors his loyalty to his family.
… let it be someone who loves to dance with him.
… let it be someone who appreciates all of his gifts and can figure out how to live with a character he’s playing.
… let it be someone who’s kissing Richard for Richard and not for John Porter or Lucas North or Mr. Thornton.
… let it be someone who can watch him barrel down the slopes without a catch of fear in the throat. Or ski right along with him.
… let it be someone who sees when he needs reassurance. Who offers it without pressure, condescension, or calculation.
… let it be someone who loves both gentle caresses and forceful passion.
… let it be someone who relishes how he smells. Someone who particularly appreciates his nose.
… let it be someone for whom he’s willing to relax and slow his life down a bit from time to time.
… let it be someone who can learn to smile at his faults.
… let it be someone with whom he can build a shared vision of the future, whatever that holds for both of them.
No small list, that. But this is my version of APM: I only want the best for him. The things that make him happiest. The things that make him grin.